IND v ENG 2021: Planning for series to take place during one-week quarantine, reveals Bharat Arun

The much-awaited Test series between India and England will begin on February 5 in Chennai.

India-England Test series is expected to be highly competitive | GettyThere is a lot of buzz around India’s upcoming Test series against England. It will be India’s first Test assignment at home after the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in November 2019.

Indian and England players are expected to arrive in Chennai by January 27 and undergo COVID-19 testing before entering the bio-bubble for the first two Tests.

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It was during a week-long quarantine period that the home team will plan their approach against the England side.

"We have done exceptional job in Australia (where India won Test series 2-1). We have savoured, enjoyed each and every moment, every part of our success. But we need to forget this, leave this behind, look forward to the future of England tour. We would have our plans for it. We have time. We have to quarantine for a week before the series and that is when all the planning would be done," India bowling coach Bharat Arun quoted as saying by IANS.

India will host England in a full-fledged bilateral series, comprising 4 Tests, 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs.

The first Test will be held in Chennai from February 5-9. The second Test will be at the same venue from February 13-17 before the action moves to Ahmedabad for the last two Tests (February 24-28 and March 4-8).

After the Test series, Ahmedabad will host five T20Is from March 12 March 20 while the three-match ODI series will be played in Pune from March 23 to March 28.

"We are quite aware that England are a very tough team. We will have to be at our best to beat them," added Arun.

"For us, every match is a huge challenge. Can't really say England batting is better than Australia. Australia, we played them in their home conditions. I would like to quote what colleague Sridhar had said earlier - 'it took us two days to forget the 36 all out. Yes we were depressed, we had to put that behind us and work on the future and move on'. That is what we will do against England."

(With IANS inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 23 Jan, 2021

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